Thursday, March 30, 2006

White Teeth

Is it possible to be a fan of a writer without having read a word she has written? Well I have been a fan of Zadie Smith since I first read an interview with her, and its only now that I have gotten around to reading her first novel White Teeth. I am enjoying it tremendously, great characters, great story, but it also is speaking to the British history student in me. She does such a wonderful job of illustrating the racism and prejudices that post-colonial white Britons had towards their new darker skinned neighbors. She slips in subtle jabs at not just white Britons, but East Indian, and Southern-Asian Britons as well. It is like reading Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies publications without the Marxism, and, you know, it's funny.

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